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Women Mean Business Colonial Businesswomen in NZ

Women Mean Business Colonial Businesswomen in NZ
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From Kaitaia in Northland to Oban on Stewart Island, New Zealand's nineteenth-century towns were full of entrepreneurial women. Contrary to what we might expect, colonial women were not only wives and mothers or domestic servants. A surprising number ran their own businesses, supporting themselves and their families, sometimes in productive partnership with husbands, but in other cases compensating for a spouse's incompetence, intemperance, absence - or all three. The pages of this book overflow with the stories of hard-working milliners and dressmakers, teachers, boarding-house keepers and laundresses, colourful publicans, brothelkeepers and travelling performers, along with the odd taxidermist, bootmaker and butcher - and Australasia's first woman chemist. Then, as now, there was no `typical' businesswoman. They were middle and working class; young and old; Ma ori and Pa keha ; single, married, widowed and sometimes bigamists. Their businesses could be wild successes or dismal failures, lasting just a few months or a lifetime. In this fascinating and entertaining book, award-winning historian Dr Catherine Bishop showcases many of the individual businesswomen whose efforts, collectively, contributed so much to the making of urban life in New Zealand.

Title: Women Mean Business Colonial Businesswomen in NZ
Author: BISHOP CATHERINE
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 30/09/2019
Price: $45.00
RRP: $45.00
Imprint: Uni Of Otago
Publisher: Otago University Press
ISBN: 9781988531762
Available stock: 3
  • Price: $45.00
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